Just wonder if anyone of you out there is following a house cleaning schedule like I do. It's not that I'm being too harsh or strict with our house helper's daily routine but I just want everything to be systematic. If we do not have a cleaning schedule, chances are some areas are over done and some areas are over looked. If we make a proper schedule and planning, then everything will fall into place.
Since I am away from our house most of the time because of work, I make it a point to have a house cleaning schedule that will serve as a guide to our house helper. Let's face it, we cannot expect our house helpers to show the same concern to upkeep our house the way we owners do, thus, it is more likely that they will neglect some areas in your house that requires special attention. More often, my experience with house helpers is that they tend to concentrate on the areas visible to the eyes and neglect those hiding areas that accumulates dirt and dust just the same. So, I make it a point to remind them that though they are not obliged to go through with everything in detail on a daily basis, they just have to follow a schedule to balance the job that needs to be done and don't make them feel exhausted with too much work.
Normally, I set it this way:
House cleaning including the dining/kitchen, 3 bedrooms, living room and porch should be on a daily basis. That includes sweeping and mopping the floor. Our floor tiles is light in color so I want to make sure that it's free from any stains or sticky substance everyday.
Clearing of dust like on all displays, furnitures, etc can be once a week or as needed. Depends on the climate.
Cleaning of toilet/bathroom can be once a week since only few people stay in the house and the kids are in school most of the day.
Cleaning of windows can be on a monthly basis. This includes the window screens, the glass and the window grills.
Sweeping and cleaning of the yard is done as the need arises.
Laundry is done 3 times a week, ironing is once or twice a week.
You may think that this is a tough job but nope! Our house is just an average size and kids are very disciplined. I trained them to be organized with their things, thus more often you can find things in the house like they were never touched. Most of the time, they are in school and only eat breakfast and dinner at home.
Some chores especially the monthly tasks are normally being shared by everybody and it's everyone's responsibility to tidy the house and their respective bedrooms with clutter.
As for the garden, My Mom and kids love to do it! My son is the one maintaining the small fish pond infront of the house and cleans it regularly. He loves plants and takes care of his collection of fishes, so there is no problem with this. My daughter, on the other hand loves to take care of her pet dog so bathing her regularly is her responsibility.
Bed sheets, blankets and those heavy linens are being sent to laundry shop on a regular basis so everything is being managed perfectly.
How about you? Do you also follow a house cleaning plan?